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Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
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Coimbatore (District Coimbatore)
Tamil Nadu, India



Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) is situated in Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Coimbatore comes under Coimbatore Tehsil, Coimbatore District.

Fax # of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is +91-422-6611410, 2456478.

email ID(s) is Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Coimbatore Tamil Nadu

Website of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is www.tnau.ac.in.

Vice Chancellor : Tel: 0422 2431788(O), 2430887(R) Email: vc@tnau.ac.in.

Registrar : Tel: 0422 2431821(O), 2432973(R) Fax: 2431672/2431821, registrar@tnau.ac.in.


Contact Details of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore Tamil Nadu are : +91-422 2431222, 6611210, 6611461

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TNAU Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Coimbatore
TNAU Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics (CPBG), Coimbatore
TNAU Centre for Plant Molecular Biology (CPMB), Coimbatore,
Centre for Soil and Crop Management Studies (SCMS), Coimbatore
TNAU Centre of Plant Protection Studies (CPPS), Coimbatore
TNAU Directorate of Extension Education, Coimbatore
TNAU Faculty of Agriculture, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
TNAU Faculty of Horticulture, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
TNAU Faculty of Post Graduate Education, Coimbatore
TNAU School of Post Graduate Studies, Coimbatore, Coimbatore



Courses

Regular Courses by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
B.Sc.(Agriculture)
B.Tech.(Agricultural Engineering)
B. Tech. (Biotechnology)
B.Tech.(Horticulture)
B.Sc. (Home Science)
B.Tech. (Energy and Environmental Engineering)
BTech (Bioinformatics)
BTech (Agricultural Information Technology)
B.Tech (Food Process Engineering)
B.S. (Agri Business Management)
B.Sc.(Forestry)
Master Degree in Agricultural Economics
Master Degree in Agricultural Extension
Master Degree in Agricultural Microbiology
BSc (Horticulture)
Master Degree in Agronomy
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master Degree in Agricultural Entomology
Master Degree in Crop Physiology
Master Degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics
Master Degree in Plant Nematology
Master Degree in Plant Pathology
Master Degree in Seed Science and Technology
Master Degree in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry
Master Degree in Environmental Sciences
Master Degree in Sericulture
Master Degree in Agrl. Meteorology
Master Degree in Biotechnology
Master of Business Administration
Master Degree in Biochemical Technology
Master Degree in Bio informatics
Master of Technology (Microbial Technology)
Master of Science (Horticulture)
Master of Technology (Farm Power and Machinery)
Master of Technology (Bio-Energy)
Master of Technology (Food and Agricultural Process Engineering)
Master of Technology (Soil and Water Conservation)
Master of Science (Food Science and Nutrition)
Master of Science (Forestry)
Post Graduate Diploma in Organic farming
Post Graduate Diploma in Capital and Commodity Markets
Ph.D. Program in Agricultural Economics
Ph.D. Program in Agricultural Entomology
Ph.D. Program in Agricultural Extension
Ph.D. Program in Agricultural Microbiology
Ph.D. Program in Agronomy
Ph.D. Program in Crop Physiology
Ph.D. Program in Plant Breeding and Genetics
Ph.D. Program in Plant Nematology
Ph.D. Program in Plant Pathology
Ph.D. Program in Seed Science and Technology
Ph.D. Program in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry
Ph.D. Program in Environmental Sciences
Ph.D. Program in Biotechnology
Ph.D. Program in Agribusiness and Development Management
Ph.D. Program in Fruit Science
Ph.D. Program in Vegetable Science
Ph.D. Program in Spices and Plantation Crops
Ph.D. Program in Floriculture and Medicinal crops
Ph.D. Program in Farm Power and Machinery
Ph.D. Program in Bio-Energy
Ph.D. Program in Food and Agricultural Process Engineering
Ph.D. Program in Soil and Water Conservation
Ph.D. Program in Food Science and Nutrition
Ph.D. Program in Forestry

Profile of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Agricultural College and Research Institute
The Agricultural College and Research Institute (AC & RI) Coimbatore, one of the oldest Institute in Agriculture Education in India was originally started in 1868 at Saidapet, Madras and later established at Coimbatore in 1906. The first batch of 8 students was admitted in Licentiate in Agriculture (L.Ag.) at AC&RI, Coimbatore in 1908. The present AC&RI building was opened by Sir Arthur Lawley in July 1909 depicts symbolically the lofty ideals of Agricultural Education built with the British Colonial architecture.

The Under Graduate Programme in B.Sc. (Agriculture) was initiated in 1920 under affiliation to Madras University. To add impetus to agricultural education, research and extension Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) was formed in June 1971 at Coimbatore and AC&RI become the foremost college affiliated to it. The AC&RI is situated in a serene atmosphere at the western end of Coimbatore on the way to Maruthamalai and has salubrious climate. It spreads over 535.0 ha and serves the cause of agricultural education in Tamil Nadu.

Education System
The semester type system of education was adopted from the academic year 1991-1992.
Each semester will have 105 working days.
The medium of instruction is English.
B.Sc. (Ag.) degree has 8 semesters.
Cafeteria system of education (Semi flexible course system)
PED, NESS & NCC Inclusion as part of learning process.

Admission to AC&RI
The college admits on an average 100 students every year for the B.Sc. (Ag.) degree programme. The students after plus two are eligible for admission to the college and are selected through single window counseling system following the procedure laid down by Government of Tamil Nadu. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi is also sponsoring candidates at National level for 10% of seats in B.Sc(Ag). International students of various countries also admitted to this campus. The AC&RI, Coimbatore is responsible for admission of students to all the UG programme of TNAU and overall coordination of all undergraduate programs.

Teaching excellence
The college has blossomed into a center of excellence and provides a very conducive environment for the learning ? teaching process. It provides all the facilities for learning to enable the students to acquire knowledge, skill and ability to face the merging trends in agricultural sector. The excellence in teaching reflected by a good number of candidates bagging every year Junior Research Fellowships of ICAR, New Delhi, out of heavy competition at all India level.

The high standards of the college is also reflected by the number of candidates who have been successful in the All India Civil Services Examinations like Indian Administrative Services, Indian Police Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Revenue Services , and Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board and are working in different States of country in ICAR system. Many students of this college were selected for employment, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral programmes in foreign countries.

Curriculum
Falling in line with the policies of the University and ICAR, the curricula and syllabi are revised periodically by the Board of Studies for Agriculture. The Dean (Agriculture) is the Chairman and the Professor and Heads of different disciplines constitute the members of the Board of Studies for Agriculture. Revision of syllabus and introduction of new courses are done based on the emerging needs nationally and globally.

The syllabi for all the courses are revised every four years. The syllabus revision is taken up one year before the four-year cycle and discussed at various levels and a syllabus Revision Workshop was conducted. Besides discussion with faculty members, the PG students and the current students are consulted and debated to get the feed back from the clientele and modified accordingly based on their suggestions.

Innovative introductions
Apart from regular courses, following are some of the innovative introductions made currently to strengthen and to expose the students to real world situation. Experiential Learning as Hands of Training, Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE), Commercial Agricultural Courses, Post Harvest Technology, Computer Applications, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Biotechnology, Organic Farming, Farming System and Natural Resource Management, Bio-fertilizers, Bio-pesticides, Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Sericulture are incorporated in the curricula and given top priority for imparting good basic foundation in terms of acquiring knowledge and skill. The current system of education is very much fixed and to cater the needs and aspiration of the individual student, a semi fixed system with limited flexibility for students to choose the course of his interest from a list of courses grouped under Cafeteria courses up to 20 credits is introduced from 2003- 2004 batch.

RAWE Programme
Rural Agricultural Work Experience is a key component in the B.Sc. (Ag.) degree programme. RAWE plays a very important role especially to urban students who got admitted in large number to this degree programme in understanding the real world situation of agriculture practice. The students are given rigorous orientation and familiarization on various issues and problems they can expect in the farmer's field. Then the students are placed in different villages in groups of around seven and attached to well-known farmer of that village. This programme runs for one full semester where in all the teachers in different discipline are involved for improving learning capacity of the students in a typical village situation.

Commercial Agriculture
Under this programme, the students are orientated for self-employment and also entrepreneurship in areas like;
Seed production and Mushroom production
Bio-pesticide and Bio-fertilizer production
Broiler chicken production
Nursery technology
Value added product production
Students are permitted to choose one of these courses depending on their interest. Techniques involved in the above areas are practiced and experienced by individual students, which help them to gain self-confidence to start their own enterprises when they pass out.

Experiential learning
Under this programme the students are exposed to practical agriculture. Each student is allotted to piece of land (not less than 200m2) and trained to take up cultivation of wetland and Garden land crops. This helps them to understand the crop cultivation process from Seed to Seed. It also helps them to understand the real crop growing practice and problems encountered as they are doing the cultivation themselves.

Facilities
The college provides the following infrastructure and extra curricular facilities in the campus to enhance the learning capabilities, living standards and future placement.
Library
Computer Centre
Internet facility (24*7 )
Tissue culture laboratory
Hardening ployhouse
Crop Cafeteria & Nutrition Garden
Physical Education, NCC & NSS
Play grounds and Indoor games
Swimming pool and Students Canteen
Students' counseling
Hostel for ladies and gents with computer and internet facilities.

Profile of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU)


About University
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) came into being on June 1, 1971.However, it had its genesis from establish-ment of an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, as early as 1868 and it was later relocated at Coimbatore. In 1920 it was affiliated to Madras University. TNAU assumed full responsibilities of Agricultural Education and Research and supported the State Agricultural Department by delivering research products. Till 1946, the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore, was the only Institute for Agricultural Education for the whole of South India. In 1958, it was recognized as a Post-graduate Centre leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees. The Agricultural College & Research Institute, Madurai was established in 1965. These two colleges formed the nucleus of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University while it was established in 1971.

In 1972, separate degree programmes of B.Sc. (Horticulture) and B.E.(Agriculture) were started. In 1979, a separate Faculty of Horticulture was established. In 1980, B.Sc.(Home Science) programme was started at Madurai campus. The third Agricultural College was started at Killikulam in 1984 and the fourth at Kumulur (Trichy) in 1989 and later shifted to Navalur Kuttappattu (Trichy) in 1992 which is named as Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute. During 1985, B.Sc.(Forestry) programme was started at Coimbatore. Presently the B.Sc.(Horticulture) degree programme is being offered at Horticultural College and Research Institute, Periyakulam and B.Sc.(Forestry) degree programme at Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam. In line with technological changes the B.E.(Agriculture) hither to offered is offered as B.Tech.(Agricultural Engineering) from the Academic year 2002-2003 at Agricultural Engineering College & Research Institute, Kumulur, Trichy. B.Sc.(Home Science) degree program is being offered at Home Science College & Research Institute, Agricultural College Campus, Madurai. The Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru College of Agriculture & Research Institute, Karaikal, governed by Government of Pondichery, is an affiliated institute of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University where B.Sc.(Agriculture) course is being offered. Apart from these academic institutes, the University now has research programs at more than 32 stations, spread over in Tamil Nadu with more than 1000 scientists and teachers.

The global technological developments has lead to introduction of new courses. Introduction of B.Tech.(Food Process Engineering) from the academic year 1998-99, B.Tech.(Agricultural Biotechnology) and B.Tech.(Horticulture) from the academic year 2002-2003 as self supporting program has created avenues for bugetary independence. A new degree program B.Tech.(Energy and Environmental Engineering) was started during 2004 and B.Tech.(Bioinformatics) during 2006.

Tamilnadu Agricultural University is a leading agrotechnology provider of India and its graduates are recognized throughout the world. Though the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) came into being on June 1, 1971, it had its genesis from establishment of an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India as early as 1868 which was later relocated at Coimbatore during 1906.

The University is offering Twelve Undergraduate Degree Programs and Twenty nine Postgraduate Degree Programs in 10 Colleges distributed in seven campuses all over Tamil Nadu. Besides, the University has 36 Research Stations for agrotechnology development and 14 Farm Science Centers for outreach.

Introduction
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) came into being on June 1, 1971. However, it had its genesis from establishment of an agricultural school at Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, in 1868 and was later relocated at Coimbatore.

In 1920, TNAU was affiliated with Madras University. TNAU assumed full responsibilities of agricultural education and research and supported the State Agricultural Department by delivering research products. Until 1946, the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore, was the only institute for agricultural education in South India. In 1958, it was recognized as a Post-graduate Centre leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees. The Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai was established in 1965. These two colleges formed the nucleus of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University when it was established in 1971.

In 1972, degree programmes in B.Sc. (Horticulture) and B.E.(Agriculture) were started. In 1979, a separate Faculty of Horticulture was established. In 1980, B.Sc.(Home Science) programme was started at Madurai campus. The third Agricultural College was started at Killikulam in 1984, and the fourth at Kumulur (Trichy) in 1989 and later shifted to Navalur Kuttappattu (Trichy) in 1992 which is named as Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute. During 1985, B.Sc.(Forestry) programme was started at Coimbatore. Presently the B.Sc.(Horticulture) degree programme is being offered at Horticultural College and Research Institute, Periyakulam and B.Sc.(Forestry) degree programme at Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam. Additionally, it has four affiliated colleges viz., PAJANCOA & RI[[1]] in Karaikal, Adhiparasakthi Agri college in Kalavai, Rover's in Perambalur and one at Pollachi.

Profile of University
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) is one of the best agricultural universities in India. It came into existence on June 1, 1971.TNAU's genesis with the Agricultural School at Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is as early as 1868 which was later relocated at Coimbatore during 1906.

The University offers Twelve Undergraduate Degree Programs and Twenty nine Postgraduate Degree Programs in 10 Colleges distributed in seven campuses all over the state. Besides, the university has 34 Research Stations for agrotechnology development.

Vice Chancellors Profile
Dr. P. Murugesa Boopathi
Vice-Chancellor, B.Sc.(Ag), M.Sc.(Ag), Ph.D
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Coimbatore-641003
Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: 0422-6611251
Email: vc@tnau.ac.in

Prof. Dr. P. Murugesa Boopathi assumed charge on 4 June 2009 as the Vice Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU). He graduated B.Sc. (Agriculture) at the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore in 1972. He completed his M.Sc. (Ag.) Programme during 1988 and Ph.D. Programme during 1995 in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry.

Dr. Murugesa Boopathi has offered several Undergraduate, Post Graduate and Ph.D. courses through innovative teaching methods and guided many M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. Before becoming Vice-Chancellor, he made outstanding contribution to TNAU and Government of Tamil Nadu by his position as Liaison Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture as well as the Director of Planning and Monitoring. He has taken active role in shaping Government Policies. He served in various capacities in Tamil Nadu Agricultural Graduates Association such as State Vice-President; Tamil Nadu Research Officers' Association & Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Teachers' Association as State General Secretary; Indian Society of Soil Science, Coimbatore as Vice-President, and in Indian Society of Agricultural Resource Management.

He has operated 19 research projects funded by International and National funding agencies worth several crores.

Achievements
* As an eminent Researcher, Dr. Murugesa Boopathi has developed the Software and Soil Health Card linked to "Decision Support System for Integration of Fertilizer Recommendation" (DSSIFER).

* He has formulated fertilizer prescriptions for major field crops such as Rice, Cholam, Ragi, Maize, Cotton, Tobacco, Groundnut and Wheat and for horticultural crops such as Potato, Carrot, Cabbage and Cauliflower.

* He delivered valuable methodology and technology information to Entrepreneurs, research workers, extension personals as a resource person for various training programmes.

* He has played key role in extending facilities to the farmers for soil and water analysis at concession rates. He has prepared several technical bulletins / pamphlets / leaflets on Soil Test Crop Response (STCR) to create awareness among the farmers about the importance of soil health.

* He has distributed the TNAU Soil Health Card to the farmers at the cost of Rs.10/- per card and nearly 33,000 Leaf Colour Chart (LCC) for Nitrogen Management in Rice to the Department of Agriculture for distribution among the farmers.

* He has made precious contribution for Institutional Development of TNAU. He has been instrumental for obtaining the Agricultural Research & Information System (ARIS) project funded by ICAR to the tune of Rs.50 lakhs.

* He has established Soil Testing Labs in Southern Regional KVKs (Krishi Vigyan Kendras). Developed modern technologies for Integrated Plant Nutrient Supply System. He made a pioneering role for undertaking Nitrate Pollution studies in the soils of intensively cultivated areas in Coimbatore District.

Publication and Visits
* Dr. Murugesa Boopathi is life member for more than 9 Professional Societies. He has published more than 20 research articles in International, and 45 research articles in National Journals. He has documented Soil Science information in more than 25 books. He has visited many countries like Israel, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, U.S.A., Australia, France, Thailand, Japan, China, South Korea and Sri Lanka on various official assignments.

Brought up
Dr. Murugesa Boopathi is a man of self-discipline, kind natured, and proactive personality. He is a vegetarian. He accomplishes extraordinary tasks with pleasant approaches. He is a compassionate as well as visionary administrator, having competence in understanding different personalities. He remembers the needs of employees and does his best for their satisfaction and better performance appropriately.

Dr. Murugesa Boopathi was born to Mr. Palanimuthu and Mrs. Indirani in Thiruvandipatti village in Salem district. He completed his school studies in Bharathi Vidyalaya High School, Salem town. He is married to Mrs. M. Jansi Rani during 1974. His son Dr. M. Dinesh Kumar, M.D. is a Doctor practicing at Madras Medical Mission, Chennai. His Daughter-in-law Dr. L. Kiruthika, B.D.S. is a Dentist, doing private practice at Chennai. He has two grand children: Baby D.K. Sanjana (5 Yrs) and Master D.K. Naren Shayam (3 Yrs).

Registrar Profile
Dr. P. Subbian, Registrar
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Coimbatore 641 003
Email: registrar@tnau.ac.in
Phone: 91-422-6611201
Fax : 91-422-4231821

Dr.P.Subbian, basically professor of Agronomy, has assumed the office of Registrar of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University on 04.07.2009. He has completed his schooling at Velliyampalayam pudur and Government Higher Secondary School, Bhavanisagar, Erode District. After completion of his PUC at Gobi Arts College in 1973, he joined at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore and obtained B.Sc (Agri), M.Sc (Agri) and Ph.D. degrees during 1977, 1979 and 1989 respectively. He has been the postdoctoral research fellow of Ohio State University, USA during 1998.

Dr.P.Subbian has the service of 30 years in TNAU at various positions including Assistant Registrar (1993-94), Technical and personal officer to the Vice-Chancellor (1994-96), Deputy Registrar (1996-98, 2000-04), Joint Registrar (2004 -2006), Professor and Head, Agricultural Research Station, Bhavanisagar (2006-07), Principal, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Institute of Agriculture, Bhavanisagar (2006-2007) and Founder Director, Agribusiness Development (2007-09). During his tenure as Director (ABD), the action was initiated for commercialization of viable University products and technologies and establishment of Agri-business Incubator at TNAU. By the solitary effect of Director (ABD), TNAU-Private Hybrid Seed Research and Technology Consortium has been established for large scale production and marketing of quality seeds of rice, maize, oilseeds and horticultural crops through public-private partnership mode. He is also acting as chairman and member of various administrative and academic Committees of TNAU and other National Institutes.

He has been actively involved in research for about 20 years and evolved suitable Cropping Systems for Coimbatore and Bhavanisagar garden land conditions. In particular, he has introduced several agronomic practices and technologies to enhance the yield in chewing tobacco. He has completed 28 research sub-projects on crop improvement and its suitability to Tamil Nadu conditions. He has obtained five externally funded projects from various funding agencies like DBT, DST, NAIP, etc. He has published more than 100 research papers both in International and National level journals. He has also authored for six books.

He has received three National and International level awards for his research contribution in agronomy. So far, He has guided 8 Ph.D. and 6 M.Sc students. He has visited several countries including USA, Australia, Canada, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore mainly for the purpose of presenting research papers at international conferences and attending research trainings.

History
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University was started as an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, in the year 1868. Later it was relocated at Coimbatore during 1906. Finally on 1st June 1971, it started functioning as a University.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, also known as TNAU, is a leading agro-technology learning center in India. The Agricultural University is regarded amongst the best institutions of its kind in South Asia. The University, which was originally established as an Agriculture Farm in 1868 at Saidapet in Chennai, gradually developed into a full fledged University.

Educational Streams
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University offers several undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in ten colleges distributed in seven campuses all over the state. The university has more than 30 research stations for agro-technology development.

Maintaining pace with technological changes of today, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University is offering undergraduate courses in Agricultural Engineering, Home Science, Agriculture, Food Process Engineering, Agricultural Biotechnology, Bio-informatics, Horticulture, and Energy and Environmental Engineering in its affiliated colleges. Global technological developments have lead to introduction of new courses in different fields.

Facilities
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University's library is the oldest library in the city, hosting a rich collection of books, monographs, reference books, theses and dissertations. There are about 350 national and international journals with online access for most of the journals.

Faculties/Departments
Faculties/Departments:
Faculty of Agriculture
* Agricultural Economics
* Agricultural Entomology
* Agricultural Extension & Rural Sociology
* Agricultural Microbiology
* Agronomy
* Agricultural Meteorology
* Biotechnology
* Biochemical Technology
* Bioinformatics
* Crop Physiology
* Environmental Sciences
* Master of Business Administration (MBA)
* Microbial Technology
* Plant Breeding and Genetics
* Plant Nematology
* Plant Pathology
* Seed Science and Technology
* Sericulture
* Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

Faculty of Horticulture
* Fruit Science
* Vegetable Science
* Floriculture and Medicinal Crops
* Spices and Plantation Crops

Faculty of Forestry
* Forestry

Faculty of Agricultural Engineering
* Agricultural Processing
* Bioenergy
* Farm Power and Machinery
* Soil and Water Conservation

Faculty of Home Science
* Food Science and Nutrition

Library
TNAU library is the oldest in the city functioning since 1910. The library is distinct in its mission to acquire information, process, organize and make them available for the present generation and preserve them for the future. It has acquired about 160,000 books, monographs, 17,000 text and reference books and 4,500 theses and dissertations. About 380 national and international journals are subscribed with online access for most of the joirnals.

For more info

The Deputy Librarian

TNAU Library

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Coimbatore - 641 003 India

Phone : 091-0422-6611273

E-mail : library@tnau.ac.in

Programs and Courses
The University is offering Ten Undergraduate degree programs and Twenty Nine Postgraduate programs in 11 colleges distributed in seven campuses all over Tamil Nadu. The duration of these courses is four years (8 semesters) for undergraduate programs and four semesters for Masters and six semesters for Doctoral programs.

Undergraduate Programs
A. General Programs
* B.Sc.(Agriculture)
* B.Sc.(Horticulture)
* B.Sc.(Forestry)
* B.Sc.(Home Science)
* B.Tech.(Agricultural Engineering)

B. Technology Programs
* B.Tech.(Biotechnology)
* B.Tech.(Horticulture)
* B.Tech.(Food Process Engineering)
* B.Tech.(Energy and Environmental Engineering)
* B.Tech.(Bioinformatics)
* B.S.(Agribusiness Management)
* B.Tech.(Agricultural Information Technology)

Postgraduate Programs
Faculty of Agriculture
* Agricultural Economics
* Agricultural Entomology
* Agricultural Extension & Rural Sociology
* Agricultural Microbiology
* Agronomy
* Agricultural Meteorology
* Biotechnology
* Biochemical Technology
* Bioinformatics
* Crop Physiology
* Environmental Sciences
* Master of Business Administration (MBA)
* Microbial Technology
* Plant Breeding and Genetics
* Plant Nematology
* Plant Pathology
* Seed Science and Technology
* Sericulture
* Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

Faculty of Horticulture
* Fruit Science
* Vegetable Science
* Floriculture and Medicinal Crops
* Spices and Plantation Crops

Faculty of Forestry
* Forestry

Faculty of Agricultural Engineering
* Agricultural Processing
* Bioenergy
* Farm Power and Machinery
* Soil and Water Conservation

Faculty of Home Science
* Food Science and Nutrition

Admission Procedure
Candidates desirous of applying to Undergraduate Programs have to get the necessary application from.

The Dean and Chairman Admissions
Agricultural College and Research Institute
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Coimbatore-641003 India

Application can be obtained by paying an application fee of Rs.600 (Rs.300 for SC/ST) as Demand Draft drawn in favor of Dean. The filled in application has to be sent to the Dean on or before June 15, 2007 for the current admission. The same application can be used for applying to self supporting B.Tech. Programs of TNAU. The application can also be downloaded online. The downloaded application should be printed in a laser printer for use. The filled in downloaded application should be attached with necessary application fee of Rs. 600 (Rs.300 for SC/ST) as Demand Draft drawn in favor of Dean.

Degree Programs
* B.Sc.(Agriculture)
* B.Sc.(Horticulture)
* B.Sc.(Forestry)
* B.Sc.(Home Science)
* B.Tech.(Agricultural Engineering)
* B.Tech.(Food Process Engineering)
* B.Tech.(Horticulture)
* B.Tech.(Biotechnology)
* B.Tech.(Energy and Environmental Engineering)
* B.Tech.(Bioinformatics)
* B.S.(Agribusiness Management)
* B.Tech.(Agricultural Information Technology)

Mode of selection
Candidates will be selected on the basis of the ranks computed from marks in their qualifying examination as illustrated below:

Mark in each of the four qualifying subjects would be converted to 50 as follows:

Mark Obtained
Maximum Mark

Aggregate of the four subjects would be taken for ranking for maximum of 200 marks (50 x 4=200).

In the case of qualifying examination other than Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary (HSC) Examination, normalization procedure as ordered in Tamil Nadu Admission in Professional Educational Institutions Act 2006 (Tamil Nadu Act No 3 of 2007), G.O. M.S.190 Agriculture (AP.6) Department dt. 16.05.2007 and G.O. M.S.191 Agriculture (AP.6) Department dt. 16.05.2007 shall be adopted for computing minimum eligibility and ranking.

In cases where more than one student have got the same marks in the common merit list, the inter-se merit among such students shall be determined in the order of preference as specified below:
1. Marks out of 50 in Mathematics or Botany or Biology
2. Marks out of 50 in Physics
3. Marks out of 50 in Chemistry
4. Date of birth - eldest first

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Nanoherbicide being developed to tackle weed problem.

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University here is developing a nanoherbicide which would help in destroying weeds and also curtail its growth in the field, particularly in rainfed conditions,a top scientist said today.

The research was mainly focused on ways to attack the weeds seed coating, which would prevent them from germinating and lab testing was very successful,Dr K S Subramanian, Professor and Head of the department, Department of Nanoscience and Technology, told PTI.

This approach will destroy the weed even when it was buried in the soil and will prevent it from growing in even the most favourable conditions, Subramanian said.

With weeds becoming a menace in the agricultural field, particularly due to labour shortage, the herbicide would prove to be a boon to both medium and large farmers, he said.

As trial test in the lab was very successful,the department was carrying out testing at field level in the rainy season, taking all protective measures, he said,adding, it would take at least two years to come out with the final product.

The University is also in negotiations with a few short-listed companies for upscaling the product, which would be in encapsulated form, he said.

The department has also submitted a proposal to the Centre for using nano particles to improve germination of seeds at rain fed conditions, Subramanian said.

Tamil Nadu sets the paddy cultivation record

A paddy cultivation record has been recently set by AMZ Modern Agro Farm in Neermangalam Village in Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu by getting an yield of 2,732 kg from half an acre of land which normally can yield 1,500 kg. Agriculture Research Station of Kaattuthottam in Tanjavur has provided direct sowing machine of Samba Paddy – a variety number 1009 in an 18-acre stretch of land in the farm owned by Mr. Ziauddin.

Thiruvarur distric Collector Munianathan IAS has participated in the harvesting of paddy field. The paddy yield was measured by taking half-an-acre as a unit and getting an impressive net result of 2,732 kgs of paddy per 50 cents (half acre) of land.

The land under cultivation alongwith the irrigation level over the years have considerably came down in Tamil Nadu. However, the flow in Cauvery river is much less but still the food production targets are met and aimed at the highest. The land area under cultivation has fallen gradually in Tamil Nadu from 48 lakhs of hectares to 22 lakhs of hectares. With the continuous paddy cultivation thrice a year in the Cauvery belt, it has considerably brought down the soil fertility and farmers precisely of Tanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts are encouraged to take up alternate crop cultivation techniques.

Neddless to menion, modified cultivation methods are fetching the rising yields. In this context, P. Murugesa Bhupathi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University(TNAU) says Right from sowing and transplanting, there are 12 improvised methods in paddy cultivation to get a greater yield from a smaller land area. Healthy seedlings obtained in 14 days give rise to 3.5 tonnes of paddy per hectare from one tonne of paddy reaped earlier.Thus, the paddy production is adequately compensated even in the wake of lesser area of land utilized for cultivation. He also added that A massive campaign of direct sowing was taken up in the Southern Districts of Tamil Nadu in four lakhs hectares of land. Anna 4, a new strain of paddy which is capable of withstanding drought conditions was introduced recently has increased the paddy yield from three tonnes to seven tonnes.

Rejoicing over the increased yield in the field of Mr Ziaddin, calling it a record of sorts with the modern techniques of cultivation, Murugesa Bhupathi adds, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has fixed a target of 115 lakhs of food productions for 2012. This includes paddy, other food grains and oilseeds. Till 1960, only natural manure was used for paddy cultivation which is good but we cannot depend on it entirely. So, TNAU encourages integrated fertilizer utilization programme wherein natural manure, bio-fertilizers, artificial chemical fertilizers are all put to use successively. Of the 8 types of land, four of them must be used exclusively for crop
cultivation and the farmers are also impressed to grow more paddy as it has become remunerative now. Only when agriculturists take up cultivation with an intent to do business and trading, they can continue in the business of agriculture.

Ziadduin is a business man returned from Dubai. He told that it is a mixuture of natural and chamical fertilizers along with modern techniques that has given this higher yied. He also says that The CM of Tamil Nadu has announced that they will encourage the farmers who produce more by giving them prizes for which I am eagerly waiting.

Bt Cotton: A nightmare for Tamil Nadu farmers

Agriculture organizations in Tamil Nadu got panicked of state governments announcement regarding Bt cotton. A statement at the 13th page of recent budget submitted in Tamil Nadu Assembly says that the cultivation of Bt cotton would be promoted and appropriate crop management practices in pulses and oil seed would be promoted. This has worried Tamil Nadu farmers.

Many agriculture organizations already held protest demonstrations against Bt paddy cultivation in Coimbatore. Organic farming scientist G.Nammalvar held many conferences in Tamil Nadu to inform the people about the harmful effects of Bt cotton and Bt paddy. American seed firm Monsanto introduced Bt cotton in Maharashtra. Many cotton growers in the state who cultivated Bt cotton were trapped in debt and committed suicide. In this background, the Tamil Nadu governments announcement has created a controversy. The conflicting reports on the benefit of Bt seeds make the controversy severer. The Tamil Nadu Agriculture University in Coimbatore supports genetically modified seeds and it is said that Bt cotton is profitable in states like Gujarat.

Facing strong opposition from farmers Mansonto began using nuanced ways to sell its Bt seeds. Monsanto bought Indian companies like Mico and Rasi and prefixed its name with them like Mansonto Mico and Mansonto Rasi. It sold its seeds through these companies. So, Monsanto started enjoying monopoly over seeds market.

Kizhi Bhavani Farmer Associations President Nallasamy has requested the Tamil Nadu government to drop its new initiative announced in the recent budget submitted by Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O.Pannerselvam. Including AIADMK, many political parties in Tamil Nadu have opposed Bt cotton in the past. Manikandan, President of Uzhavar Uzhaippalar Katchi, expressed concern about its harmful effect of Bt seeds.

G.Nammalvar said, Companies like Monsanto earns in billions by selling genetically modified seeds. Many farmers in districts like Dharmapuri and Salem got affected by Bt cotton. We too should launch a movement in Tamil Nadu like Anna Hazares movement against corruption. Pushpa Bhargava, a leading molecular biologist has said in the court that genetically modified seeds can be used only after conducting many safety tests. So, the court has withheld the use of all other Bt seeds except cotton.

Some feel that this announcement might not have gone to the notice of Chief Cinister Jayalalithaa and have been included in the budget with the intervention of some officers. Now, farmer associations expect that the government will change its stand on it.

Vice-chancellor of TNAU no more

Former Vice-chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Prof. Dr S Kannaiyan passed away at his native Thanjavur following a brief illness.Kannaiyan, 67, died on October 20, a TNAU release said here on Monday.
He was the Vice-Chancellor of TNAU from 1999-2002 and his contributions in the area of biofertilisers, particularly azolla and blue algae, in identifying and development of new strains and culture was noteworthy, it said.
He has authoreed more than 25 books and published 400 research papers.

Recipient of Chief Ministers Award and Harikrishna Shastri National Award among others, Kannaiyan has held post of Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority under Union Forest and Environment Ministry.

Sowing to reap

In the last 20 years or so, the agriculture sector had been losing its sheen as more and more youngsters preferred to migrate to cities in search for an easier life and better-paying jobs.

This, however, seems to be changing lately with many youngsters, even ones with foreign degrees, going back to tilling the land.

S. Ramesh, an MBA graduate from London, could have chosen any field or could have joined his fathers business.

He, however, decided to get into hybrid farming in Tamil Nadu. I worked in a departmental store while studying in the UK and I observed that people still wanted to buy organic and agriculture-based food and clothes. Organic is the buzz word, he says.

So, after returning to India, the 26-year-old moved to Cumbum in Theni district and with the help of elders in the family and his father, got into organic farming.

When I first came here, it was difficult to find proper labour, then I thought why not use high-end technology in farming? Now Im starting green houses that will help me grow high-breed vegetables.

Debunking the myths, he says, People think that agriculture is not a high-paying job but if you apply your mind to it, it can yield more than a nine-to-five job. Above all, it is good for our eco-system.

Similarly, Rajesh Mootha, who was once a successful automobile financier, decided to start Chennais largest orchid farm.

I just acted on what I felt. My farm is located near the Oragadam junction. It is a place where people feel good. From patients to college kids, everyone relaxes here, says Rajesh, who supplies orchids to hotels and VIPs homes in Chennai.

Rathnakrishnan, director of student welfare at Tamil Nadu Agriculture University explains this new-found love for agriculture among students.

Farming is no longer primitive and has adapted to new technologies. The myth that farming is only for rural folk is long busted. It has become more progressive with even large international food chains buying vegetables from India.

With climate forecasting devices and every function being supported by technology, skilled and educated individuals are the need of the hour and agriculture as an industry is able to absorb 100 per cent of the pupils graduating in allied fields, so it is also a good option for young people.

Even international banking institutions are entering rural banking and the agriculture sector, and they prefer to employ youngsters with agricultural background.

Universities too tailor-make degrees to help students pursue all aspects of farming; from food processing to agro food marketing to farming tool design, the courses also help students get jobs and opportunities abroad.

The parents of these youngsters too dont seem to mind their children going back to rural India.

Ritika. A, mother of a young child, says, I would love it if my child takes to Indias primary industry. After all 70 per cent of the country is into farming and there is huge potential for those properly trained.

Raids at Tamil Nadu Agriculture University VCs office, homes

COIMBATORE: Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) officials raided the office and residence of the vice-chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU) and the registrars office in Coimbatore on Wednesday in connection with alleged malpractices in the purchase of cane harvesters by the university.

The officials filed an FIR against TNAU VC P Murugesa Boopathi and K R Ananthasainam, managing director of Elseetee Agro Machineries India Private Limited, after day-long raids at seven premises in the city. According to the FIR, Boopathi and Ananthasainam were involved in a criminal conspiracy that enabled the Coimbatore-based company sell four defective sugarcane harvesters at inflated prices and flouting procedures in the last academic year. The duo has been booked under section 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 13(2), 13 (1) (d) of prevention of corruption act, 1988.

Premises of Agricultural University V-C raided

COIMBATORE: Officers of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) conducted searches at the office and residences of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) V-C P Murugesa Boopath in Coimbatore and Chennai on Wednesday. The anti-corruption agency is probing allegations that Boopathi had allegedly colluded with a city-based private agricultural equipment supplier to procure sugarcane harvesters at an inflated price causing huge loss to the university two years ago.

DVAC personnel also raided the premises of ELSEETEE Agro Machineries at Nelli Konampalayam and the offices of the TNAU Registrar P Subbian, Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute Dean S Santhanababu and Agricultural Machinery Research Centre Head B Manohar Jesudas. However, only Boopathi and the private company have been named in the FIR registered late on Tuesday. Documents relating to the purchase of five sugarcane harvesters in March 2010 were seized during the search operations, a DVAC officer said.

TNAU VC raided over purchase malpractice

Directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC) sleuths raided Wednesday the office and residence of Murugesa Boopathi, vice-chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU),Coimbatore, in connection with malpractices in the purchase of equipment for harvesting sugarcane.

The raids were conducted at eight places — seven in Coimbatore and one in Chennai. The raids followed complaints of irregularities in the purchase of four sugarcane harvesters worth about `6 crore and other equipment, a DVAC release said.

The directorate said the office of the university registrar, a research centre, offices of the dean, residence of a professor and the office and residence of K.R. Anantha Sainam alias L.C.T. Babu, proprietor of supplier ElSeeTee Machineries India, Coimbatore, were also raided.

DVAC said the vice-chancellor had seen a demonstration and knew the harvesters, each priced at around Rs 1.41 crore, were defective but the university still went ahead and bought the machines.

Mr Boopathi, DVAC said, not only placed the first purchase order but also went for repeat purchase without waiting for a nod from the university board. He allegedly told the university the purchases had been approved by the board.

DVAC claimed ElSeeTee supplied the same machines to a few private companies around the same time at Rs 71 lakh each, half the price at which it supplied to TNAU.

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Sleuths of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption on Wednesday carried out raids at seven places in Coimbatore and other cities in connection with the complaint that the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University had purchased sugarcane harvesting machines without following the norms.

In Coimbatore, the DVAC sleuths carried out searches at the office and residence of the Vice Chancellor P. Murugesa Boopathy, residences of his colleagues and a few other places. They also searched places in Chennai and Salem.

The sources said that the Vice Chancellor had purchased a machine for Rs. 1.41 crore whereas a machine with almost identical features and specifications was available for around Rs. 70 lakh. In fact, the university had imported the machine for trial at Rs. 37 lakh.

The sources further said that the Vice Chancellor had purchased four such harvesters without adhering to tender conditions and caused loss to the exchequer.

The DVAC had registered the case under Sections 420 and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 13(1) read with 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Minister inspects facilities at agricultural engineering college

Agriculture Minister S. Damodaran visited the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Kumulur, and inspected various facilities available.

The Minister inspected classrooms, computer centre, workshops, food processing laboratory and irrigation park of the college. J.Sekar, Joint Director of Agriculture, accompanied the Minister.

A.Tajuddin, Dean of the college, explained and narrated various activities and research projects of college to Mr. Damodaran.

The workings of tractor-operated multipurpose hoist, engine operated weeder, tractor drawn weeder, improved coconut tree climber and tamarind shell huller were demonstrated to the Minister Mr.Damodaran appreciated the efforts taken by scientists of the college in fulfilling felt needs of farmers by carrying out need based applied research.

T. Pandiarajan, Associate Professor and Head, demonstrated various food processing equipment to the Minister.

D. Jayakumar, Professor (soil science) and P. Masilamani, Associate Professor (seed technology) explained the breeder seed production activities of this college.

K.Nagarajan, Associate Professor (soil water conservation) and S. Somasundaram, Assistant Professor (agronomy) demonstrated different irrigation technologies including surface and sub-surface drip, sprinkler and raingun.

Keywords: Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Agriculture Minister, Kumulur

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